Five things running thought me

I never though running would be more than something to do to get some peace and quiet, and stay healthy. But running has thought me some lessons I can actually apply to real life!

So here are 5 life lessons I learned from running.



  1. You can do more than you think! If something seems daunting, divided it into babysteps. And start there.
  2. It's about the journey, not the destination. I'm not a fast runner, or a very good runner for that matter. But that doesn't matter. Because it's about doing it.
  3. Self discipline is important. It helps you to accomplish things. 
  4. Don't rely too much on your willpower. It's a muscle that tires easily! If you really want to make sure you'll keep on doing something, turn it into a habit!
  5. Comparing yourself is a surefire recipe for misery! When I compare myself to other runners, I feel bummed out because I'm so slow and never participate in races. And when I compare myself to other mothers I feel like I'm not fun enough, or crafty enough. So just don't compare yourself to others. Be happy with who you are.
What did you running teach you?


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13 comments

Anonymous said...

All great lessons that you've learned. Running has taught me that I can do whatever I put my mind to. I never thought I'd run a half marathon, let alone run at all, and now I'm getting ready to run half no. 3!

Debbie @ Deb Runs said...

Running has taught me that I'm stronger than I think, and that I can do anything that I set my mind to! It's all about competing against yourself, not others.

Unknown said...

All great points. Running has taught me to be a morning person. As silly as that sounds. I used to hate early alarms and now I thrive on the early morning wakeup calls. I feel so much more productive when I get up with the sun.

Nicole Orriëns said...

That's a great thing to find out!

Nicole Orriëns said...

I like that! I love running in the morning too, because that way I can bask in the glory of my run the whole day.

Anonymous said...

That was a lovely post. I love how you highlight the value of self. It seems comparing ourselves comes more naturally than appreciating our differences. Funny, isn't it. I wonder why that is? Instinctual? Socially taught? A good topic to kick around, like an empty can, and ponder. But, regardless, lovely post ~

Unknown said...

It is about the journey, so true!

Heather said...

Great lessons learned! I've learned a lot as well, and I think the biggest lesson was that I can do anything I put my mind to and work towards. And I agree – don't compare yourself to others, just be the best you that you can be :)

Melanie, LostandFoundDecor.com said...

Running has changed me so much! It's taught me about how to keep at something even when it doesn't feel great, and how with patience and endurance I can finish anything.

Nicole Orriëns said...

I love that! Isn't it great how something as simple as running can teach us so much?!

Alexandra said...

Yes, all good lessons. I've learned pretty much the same things, and some of those mentioned in the comments, through my chosen discipline Karate.

Alex - Funky Jungle

Anonymous said...

Great thoughts!! I am finally making running a habit. I have been so surprised at how quickly I have made progress. Each bit of progress is very encouraging and motivating. And I really do feel great when I get back from a run!
-Bonnie, stopping by from the SITS Girls

Nicole Orriëns said...

Good for you Bonnie! If nothing else, at least the feeling after a run is great!